Lance Benzel

Courts Reporter

  • Colorado Springs City Council moves to give Jones Park to county

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    A 1,200-acre swath of Pikes Peak forestland known as Jones Park is on a course to be donated to El Paso County's park system. The Colorado Springs City Council on Monday tamped down fears of a potential sale of the historic property by agreeing to draft a resolution stating the land...

  • Several more Colorado ski areas are open

    Updated: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    After a relatively sluggish start to the season, skiers and snowboarders are preparing to hit the slopes at a half-dozen new resorts this weekend. Among the areas ringing in a new season - and adding to the variety of terrain available to snow sports enthusiasts - are Vail Mountain...

  • Want a Pikes Peak Christmas tree? Permits to go on sale

    Updated: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    Planning on cutting down your Christmas tree in the forest? Tree-cutting permits for the Pike National Forest's Pikes Peak District will be available starting Dec. 1, the U.S. Forest Service said Friday in a news release. Permits are $10 at the Pikes Peak Ranger District office, 601...

  • Colorado Springs group seeks top-notch look for Pikes Peak summit house

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    As plans inch along to replace Pikes Peak's oft- maligned Summit House, a citizens' group with deep roots in public service says it wants to make sure that whatever gets built in its place can boast about more than its doughnuts. "This is a once-in-a-generation chance," said Marcy...

  • Winter Fun Guide: Tips on staying in shape

    Updated: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    Winter brings an undeniable beauty to the Pikes Peak region, but let's be honest: It can be a killer for your workout routine. Snow, biting wind and gray skies can sap motivation and leave you housebound. It doesn't have to be so. With grit, the right gear and a little creativity,...

  • High country snows welcomed as more Colorado ski areas open

    Updated: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    It's numbingly cold in Colorado Springs, but there's an upside. Continuing snowstorms are sweetening the powder across the state as several ski areas prepare to open for the season. Breckenridge Ski Resort reported 13 inches of snow fell Wednesday, improving conditions for the...

  • For Hillside residents, a new way over the tracks - and some peace

    Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    If all goes according to plan, the Hillside neighborhood near downtown Colorado Springs could get a whole lot quieter. As part of a long-sought road project slated to begin in late 2015, city officials say they will pursue a federal "quiet zone" designation for the area - meaning...

  • City: Trail ringing downtown Colorado Springs could fulfill Palmer's vision

    Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    It's an extension of a century-old vision: linking downtown Colorado Springs' parks and open spaces by means of a single, multiuse trail. But it has been out of reach for generations - fractured by broken connections. Now, city parks officials say they are closer than ever to the...

  • Rider in Residence: Seven Park Loop offers stunning perspective on Colorado Springs

    Published: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Stop in Ute Valley Park at a place with a view - say, the rocks overlooking Hummingbird Trail - and the way ahead grows clear. Imagine a ribbon of singletrack that starts beneath your feet and stretches into the horizon, gradually climbing into the rugged hills around Pulpit Rock...

  • New Castle Rock city park has something for everyone, including mini incline

    Updated: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    After her second trip to the summit - a 200-stair climb straight up a ridge - Diana Pine could have been forgiven for cursing. Instead, she was full of praise. "This is the best thing they could have done for me," the Castle Rock woman exclaimed between gasps, grateful for a...